The 2022 midterm primary elections dominated the news headlines this week.
For a summary of what happened in Escambia and Santa Rosa County, click here.
Outside of the elections, preparatory football prepares for its first official matches of the season. Check out our coverage below.
And read to the end to find out what resources are available to the many customers who claim they were scammed out of their money by a dishonest contractor.
NPC Super Seniors: Introducing the Soccer Class of 2022
Full story:NPC Super Seniors: Introducing the Soccer Class of 2022
The Pensacola News Journal Sports staff rated the following seniors as the top 16 in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.
Decisions were based on past production, including stats, cumulative offers, and accolades earned, regardless of position or school attended.
Forming this team does not guarantee an All-Area NPC selection at the end of the season, but expectations are high for these 16 players.
American Football: 2022 Pensacola Area High School Season Week 1 Preview
Full story:Week 1 Football Preview: Capsules for the first week of the 2022 Pensacola Area Regular Season
The coach talk, the media hype and the preseason debate have come to an end; it’s time for teams to take to the field and show who they really are.
Week 1 of the Florida high school football season has officially arrived, which means all the Escambia and Santa Rosa County teams will make their first impression of the year on Thursday and Friday nights.
Soccer: Who are the biggest Pensacola-area transfers of 2022?
Full story:Major NPC Transfers: Which Pensacola football players will make the most noise in the new shows?
In the blink of an eye, five years have passed since the Florida state legislature and the Florida High School Athletic Association allowed high school student-athletes to transfer from one school to another without penalty.
Whether or not this rule change is to your liking is another story, but regardless of opinion on this hot topic, here’s the picture in 2022. The amount of movement at this level sometimes reflects the offseason shakeups seen in college and even in professional sports. Without the financial element, of course.
The Pensacola area is no exception, as there are plenty of familiar faces in new places on the field this coming fall.
For these players, their move represents an opportunity for more playing time and exposure in a new environment. And in some cases, they can be the missing piece of a program’s puzzle.
Most Underrated NPCs: Which Pensacola Stars Are Flying Under The Radar?
Full story:Most Underrated NPCs: Which Pensacola Area’s Overlooked Soccer Stars Will Stand Out in 2022?
For the second year in a row, the Pensacola News Journal is examining underrated athletes for the upcoming fall football season in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.
In a landscape where great college offerings and flashy stats grab most of the headlines, this list highlights a plethora of starters, contributors, and undrafted playmakers who can go unnoticed.
Last year, 18 players who made the Most Underrated list finally earned a spot on the 2021 NPC All-Area First or Second Team.
As for this year’s edition of Most Underrated, neither player was selected All-Area. It also excludes players from Monday’s Top Prospects list and those chosen as 2022 Super Seniors, which will be released later this week.
Banks Construction bankruptcy victims have hope of restitution
Full story:Banks Construction is accused of defrauding more than 100 customers. Is your money gone forever?
After beleaguered former Pensacola contractor Matt Banks was arrested on suspicion of theft, lost his license in two counties and filed for bankruptcy, all in three days, what will happen to residents who lost thousands of dollars in payments? initials when they hired Banks Construction LLC?
Banks is the subject of dozens of customer complaints alleging he took and withheld hefty down payments for home renovations he never completed and sometimes never even started. It filed for bankruptcy earlier this month as mounting complaints began to draw public attention.
If bankruptcy proceedings fail to fully reimburse Banks’ clients and their construction company, residents may have another option to recover lost money: the Florida Homeowners Construction Recovery Fund.